It is one of the great over-quoted phrases that, “well-behaved women rarely make history.” The same seems to be true of authors and their books.
September 24-October 1 is Banned Books Week!
It’s interesting looking at this list of Frequently banned/challenged books that over half of them have been required school reading for me. Are our school systems exalting past rebels while they insist that current students conform to the strict rules of the 5 paragraph essay and scantron tests? It is true that you must first know and conform to the rules before you can break them? Or does this study of history show that playing it safe is just boring?
…I say: read and find out!
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
– Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank (banned/challenged for being to sexually explicit, and in some cases for being too graphic or depressing for the age group).
Every burned book enlightens the world.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
— Oscar Wilde